Has my child got asthma?

4) Checklist for parents

  • When did you first notice the symptoms?
  • Can you safely record a video clip of them wheezing?
  • Can you keep a diary of how often they had symptoms?
  • Does it only happen when they have a cold, or can they have symptoms in between?
  • Look for the trigger factors such as dust, animal fur, pollen, or when your child gets excited. What factors have triggered off symptoms in your child?
  • What type of medicines have they received to treat it and which did you think worked?
  • Does asthma, hayfever or eczema run in the family?
  • Does anyone smoke in the home?
  • Are they exposed to any animals?